I made the decision this weekend to end a challenge that I initiated with Munzee players of Ohio. A year or so ago, I thought I would offer a challenge to Ohio Munzee players to capture a special plastic tag that was created to look like the state of Ohio which had been deployed in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. Those who captured the Munzee’s would receive a personalized, engraved award or other useful tool for Munzee or Geocaching.
Since starting the challenge, it became clear that driving from county-to-county would have to be methodical and thought out to save on gas and make the best use of time. Eighty-eight counties is a lot of ground to cover … actually 44,825 square miles of ground. Interestingly, Ohio is 220 miles wide and 220 miles in length.
The problem wasn’t so much in the deployment of the Munzee tags, but rather, the issue with the messages received from other players who could not find the tags. When you have spent a great deal of time and money in gas to hide these tags, you would hope that players would be a little more responsible in reporting a DNF (did not find). After a couple reports of a missing tag, the folks at Munzee have a way of “undeploying” your tag until it has been verified or replaced. Time after time, I drove to the location of a county deployment, only to find the tag was still in place. It only takes a few of these wasted trips to rethink the purpose of the challenge.
As I reviewed the stats today of players who found most of my county challenge, I wrote to the top three and explained the reason for the cancellation. I thought that because they made the effort to capture my tags, I wanted to thank them for participating in my game. I asked each player to provide 10 undeployed Munzee barcodes, so I can engrave free plastic tags for them and ship them out this coming week. It’s just my way of saying thanks.
It’s too bad it had to come to an end. We were really enjoying visiting parts of our state we have never seen before. We can still do that, but the urgency isn’t as great now.
So, to everyone here in Ohio that participated – thank you and I hope my Ohio county tags earned a few extra points along the way. My Ohio tags are still in place, but the challenge is no longer in effect.
Seven envelopes are headed to the post office in the morning. Since receiving my T4TH pathtags, I’ve been busy looking for tags that I would like to add to my collection, as well as fielding requests for my tag.
I’ve really become quite interested in pathtags recently, and hope to add a few more to my own personal tag designs. I have been designing them in my mind, but the time to actually create them continues to escape me. So much going on with my life regarding work and trying to get my business going full time.
I’ve set my goal to officially launch promoting my business this coming Labor Day weekend, so I will shamelessly be plugging it as much as possible. I will have a greater number of products, and offering more geocaching items as well. With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what to get friends and family. Personalized gifts show that you really care about the person. Every year we end up grabbing something off the store shelf that everyone else has grabbed before you. One-of-a-kind gifts mean a heck of a lot more to someone. See … I’m already starting the promotion…
Anyway … I have been enjoying these pathtags and will soon have my second design created and ready to go. Do you have your own pathtag? If so, leave a comment and I’ll take a look at your tag.
Do you have a geocaching or munzee story to tell? How about a thought provoking question or comment about either activity that you’d like to share? I am always open to allowing visitors to this website the chance to be a guest author and share their caching experience. We all have geocaching stories to tell – why not share yours here with people from around the globe.
If you’re interested, send your story and/or photos to accompany the story (photos are always a big plus) to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to post your experience. Please keep in mind, this website is family-friendly … comments, photos, or articles will be reviewed before being published.
The waiting is finally over – my pathtags arrived last week! The quality is amazing and I am very pleased with the final product. During the proofing process, I had a couple issues with how they appeared, but the problem was with my artwork and not PathTags.com. Now that I understand the process, I will use Adobe Illustrator rather than their tag editor program to create tags. My addiction for pathtags has only gotten worse. I have three additional tags already in my mind to create, and I’m sure there will be more in the future.
While attending the Midwest Geobash this past July, I happened to be standing in line to place an order at a food truck, when the guy in front of me turned around and read my lanyard that displayed my geocaching name and my real name. His voice trailed off reading my lanyard … “T4TH … hmmm, oh ok … thanks for the hi…… so, Jim … do you have any pathtags to trade?” He caught me off guard as I had never been asked that question before, and the other people who heard his question had also turned around, waiting on my response.
Suddenly, I felt like I had been taken back to the wild west. I could almost hear the whistle from “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”… it was as if everyone within ear shot of the question had turned around. Everything went silent and in slow motion as I noticed each person wore a pouch on their belt. Their hands poised over their pouch, as if a Hollywood gunslinger … a slight finger twitch, waiting … waiting for my answer and watching my hands to make the reach. Their eyes were trained on me, reading every move.
“Well…”, I began, “I had hoped to have them in time for this event, but they didn’t arri…”, and with that, the spell had been broken, and they turned their backs to me … their hands relaxed from hovering above their pathtag pouch … and in my mind, I heard the piano player start back up on another tune in a crowded saloon.
What the hell just happened? One minute, I’m waiting to place an order for food, and the next thing I know, I have 5 to 10 people ready to pounce on the opportunity to trade for a pathtag that they did not already have in their collection.
The significance of that moment makes sense to me now, as I look at the pile of T4TH pathtags before me. I will be very stingy with placing these tags in caches, as the pathtags are more expensive and a cache has to be very memorable before I make a drop. Instead, I will continue to use my T4TH signature tags as they are very inexpensive, yet incredibly durable. Still, I look forward to trade with others – in fact. If you’re reading this and have a pathtag of your own, please contact me and we’ll see if we can work out a trade.
As for upcoming pathtags to create … one for my wife, one for my business, and one to celebrate our new geo-dog, BristolDobe. I doubt these three new tags will be the end of this obsession, which is ok. Until then, I am ready for the next opportunity to trade.
Now, where can I find one of those pathtag pouches to hang on my belt …
We are VERY excited to be attending the Midwest Geobash (MWGB) held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio this coming weekend. We look forward to socializing with other geocachers and handing out FREE items to others (while supplies last).
Thanks for the Hide (www.t4th.net) is donating a geocache grab-bag with lots of cool items for the silent auction. Please bid on our auction or other items up for auction and bid high! The MWGB relies on the generous support of sponsors, sales of event merchandise, and the silent auction to cover the cost of this great event. When you attend the MWGB, you’ll wonder how they can provide such great activities, lots of fantastic free giveaways, inexpensive camping availability and no entry fees. It’s all made possible through your support!
Look for the T4TH item at the silent auction and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of some great items that you can use on your next cache outing. Items include a new T4TH.NET T-shirt (size XL), 1 engraved Mini-Maglite flashlight, 1 coupon for 20 custom engraved signature tags, 6 bison tubes, 1 plastic geo-tube, 1 custom engraved MWGB aluminum water bottle, and 1 engraved leather key fob.
Hope to see you there!
I’ve come to a point where I can no longer fight with using WordPress (this website format) to make a combination blog and product source for geocaching / munzee products that I create.
Therefore, the items that I create will be moved to my business website where I can offer a more professional customer experience for those of you who continue to place orders. This blog is meant to be just that … a source of information and sharing of experiences relating to geocaching and munzee, not an e-commerce website. The format of WordPress does not allow for a smooth customer shopping experience.
Products have been removed from this website and a link will be provided shortly to the consumer site that will showcase geocaching and munzee related items.
I hope this transition will be quick and you will enjoy what I have to offer.
In the meantime, I (again) offer this website up for a visiting author to relate their geocaching stories and experiences to generate ideas and communication with all who read this blog.